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This page is about the premium Soviet jet fighter MiG-23ML. For other versions, see MiG-23 (Family).
GarageImage MiG-23ML.jpg
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The MiG-23ML is a premium gift rank VII Soviet jet fighter with a battle rating of 11.3 (AB/RB) and 11.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Apex Predators".

The MiG-23ML is an upgraded variant of the MiG-23 which was introduced to correct the drawbacks of its earlier variants. The L stands for "lyogiky", (lightweight). As the name suggests, this variant of the aircraft introduced a redesigned airframe with less drag and weight, the strengthening of the wing folding mechanisms to permit a higher G-limit, among other assorted upgrades.

In War Thunder, the MiG-23ML is functionally identical to the MiG-23MLA (Germany) and is slightly different from the MiG-23MLD. Overall, the MiG-23ML is a very capable and versatile plane, with a powerful engine and a diverse arsenal of weaponry to choose from. Plus, being a premium plane, you earn twice as many Research Points and Silver Lions, helping you grind the tech tree more swiftly.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 13 000 m2 358 km/h
Turn time33 s
Max altitude16 000 m
EngineTumansky R-35-300
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight20 t

The MiG-23ML has superior flight performance with its powerful engine and variable-geometry wing design which allows for faster turning on demand. With over 10,000 kgf of thrust, its thrust-to-weight ratio rivals that of even the F-104S. While the plane lacks the leading-edge slats of the MiG-23MLD, this gives it an energy retention advantage in sustained dogfights.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 13,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 2,346 2,342 16000 33.6 33.9 196.1 190.6 750
Upgraded 2,371 2,358 32.4 33.0 246.1 220.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Limits Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
Min sweep 892 630 N/A 508 473 ~10 ~4
Max sweep 1,470 N/A N/A N/A ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Tumansky R-35-300 1 __,___ kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight (each) Type _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel
1,760 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (___%/WEP)
Condition 100% ___%/WEP _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel MGW
Stationary ___ kgf ___ kgf _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Optimal ___ kgf
(_ km/h)
___ kgf
(_ km/h)
_.__ _.__ _.__ _.__

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear630 km/h

The MiG-23ML has no armour protection. It is a somewhat large plane, so it can survive low caliber bullets as well as a few higher caliber ones if lucky. The plane is equipped with 72 large-caliber countermeasures; with optimal flaring tactics, one can survive several missiles launched at them. As you have only one engine, your performance will be severely impaired if it is damaged. You will be out of the fight if the engine is destroyed. Fuel tanks are located on the wings, in the centre of the plane, and above the engine. All fuel tanks are self-sealing. While the engine is equipped with a fire suppression system, using it will disable the engine. Only use it if you have enough speed and distance to return to your airfield.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB5 400 Sl icon.png
RB5 400 Sl icon.png
SB5 400 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 770 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 420 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 200 / 340 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods jet engine.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods armor frame.png
Mods g suit.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
Mods ammo.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod UPK-23-250
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mods agm missile.png
Mods air to air missile.png

As a premium vehicle, the MiG-23ML comes with all modifications unlocked. All premium vehicles are equipped with a talisman, which doubles RP and SL rewards.


Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
Icon GreenCheckmark.png Icon GreenCheckmark.png Icon RedXCross.png Icon RedXCross.png

Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-23L (23 mm)

The MiG-23ML is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon, belly-mounted (200 rpg)
    • 1 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon + 72 x large calibre countermeasures

Suspended armament

Main articles: S-5K, S-8KO, S-24B, GSh-23L (23 mm)
Main articles: R-23R, R-23T, R-24R, R-24T
Main articles: Kh-23M, R-13M1, R-60M

The MiG-23ML can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 4 x R-13M1 missiles
  • 6 x R-60M missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles + 2 x R-23T missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles + 2 x R-23R missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles + 2 x R-24R missiles
  • 4 x R-60M missiles + 2 x R-24T missiles
  • 16 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 8 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs + 4 x R-60M missiles (800 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs + 4 x R-60M missiles (500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs
  • 4 x R-60M missiles + 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 64 x S-5K rockets
  • 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 4 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x Kh-23M missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4
Hardpoints MiG-23MLA (Germany).png
23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg) 1 1
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 4 4 4
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1
S-5K rockets 16, 32 16 16 16, 32
S-8KO rockets 20 20
S-24B rockets 1 1 1 1
Kh-23M missiles 1* 1*
R-13M1 missiles 1 1 1 1
R-23R missiles 1 1
R-23T missiles 1 1
R-24R missiles 1 1
R-24T missiles 1 1
R-60M missiles 1 2 2 1
Delta-NG targeting pod 1*
* It is required to equip the Delta-NG targeting pod with the Kh-23M missiles
R-24R missiles cannot be equipped together with R-23T or R-24T missiles
R-24T missiles cannot be equipped together with R-23R or R-24R missiles

Usage in battles

The MiG-23ML is very versatile and has usefulness in nearly every combat situation. In air battles, the MiG-23ML can carry six short-range air-to-air missiles, or four of them with two medium-range air-to-air missiles. The best air-to-air missiles for the plane are the R-60 and R-24. While the R-13 and R-23 can be useful, they are inferior to their counterparts in every way. One interesting trait of the MiG-23ML is that the IRST used with the R-23T or R-24T can wipe out unsuspecting enemies, especially towards the beginning of the match. The R-60s, while excellent at turning, have a shorter range than similar short-range missiles. The plane has very good energy retention and has some of the best flight performance out of any plane at its BR.

Pros and cons


  • Excellent variety of armaments to choose from
  • Excellent flight performance and versatility
  • Adequate dogfighting ability with variable-geometry wings
  • A useful radar and an IRST mode
  • Large-calibre countermeasures


  • Limited internal cannon ammunition (~3.5 seconds of firing time before depletion)
  • Large engine limits survivability from successful hits


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Fighters  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
Jet fighters  MiG-9 · MiG-9 (l)
  MiG-15 · MiG-15bis · MiG-15bis ISH
  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
  MiG-23M · MiG-23ML · MiG-23MLD
  MiG-27M · MiG-27K
Export/Licensed  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)
  ◊MiG-15bis · J-2*
  MiG-17AS · J-4* · Shenyang F-5*
  ◊MiG-19S · J-6A*
  ◊MiG-21 SPS-K · ◊MiG-21MF · ◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M" · ▄MiG-21bis · ◊MiG-21bis-SAU · J-7II**
  ◊MiG-23BN · ◊MiG-23MF · ◊MiG-23MLA
  *Licensed and domesticated with Chinese designations.
  **Unlicensed, reverse-engineered and domesticated with Chinese designations.
See Also  Shenyang · Chengdu

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  MiG-21F-13 · MiG-21PFM · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-21SMT · MiG-21bis
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